Portuguese Wine

 

Portugal is best known for its fortified wines Madeira and Port. But there are also some outstanding examples of still wines, mostly from the north of the country where conditions are not as hot. The appellations are classified as D.O.C., Denominacao de Origem Controlada. 
 
Many factors contributed to what has become the modern Portuguese winemaking industry, such as the boom in Port shipping, the effects of the 19th century Phylloxera and oidium crisis and subsequent vine replantings and the rise of estates (quintas), not to mention joining the European Union in 1986.
 
The main still wine producing regions are the Douro, Dao, Bairrada, Vinho Verde, Terras do Sado and Alentejo. Much of the wine is produced with indigenous grape varietials, often with many in the blend, that give it distinct and delicious character. These include for whites: Loureiro, Arinto, Malvasia Fina and Alvarinho. For reds: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Aragones), Baga, Castelao and Trincadeira Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Portugal View all

  • Periquita

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Roriz

    The only classic variety of the Douro not indigenous to Portugal, Tinta Roriz is known in Spain, its birthplace, as T...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Trincadeira Preta

  • Touriga Nacional

    History of the grape: Touriga Nacional is produced as a still table wine, but is also one of the most important grape...

Subregions of Portugal

  • Alentejo

      This region lies in southern Portugal, known mostly for its extracted, rich wines. The cli...

  • Douro

    This region, named for the river, is best known for its reds that are specially selected to go ...

  • Madeira

    Madeira is named after the island in Portugal where this unique wine is produced. It was discov...

  • Vinho Verde

    This region in northern Portugal is known for its dry, refreshing, low alcohol and lightly spri...

  • Açores

  • Alenquer

Popular Wineries in Portugal View all

  • Agricola Quinta Da Lagoalva

    Quinta da Lagoalva de Cima is located 2km from Alpiarça and stretches along the south bank of the...

  • Caves Aliança

    A Aliança foi fundada em 1927, há mais de 80 anos, por 11 associados liderados por Domingos Silva...

  • Quarles Harris

    Symington Family Estates are the leading producers of premium quality Ports. The combined sales o...

  • Quinta da Alorna

    Quinta da Alorna is one of Ribatejos top producers of wine. The property is located in the outski...

  • Adega Cooperativa de Borba

    Founded in 1955, the Adega Coop. de Borba, was the first of a series of Cooperatives settled in t...

  • W. & J. Graham & Co.

    Graham’s Port was founded in 1820 by Scottish brothers William and John Graham in Oporto, Port...

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Riesling, sherry, and claret, most likely. Those are what Queen Victoria ... ... ... of fortified wine from Portugal and Spain fell during the late 1800s, replaced by lower-alcohol still wine. Partly that's a result of the enmity with France falling away - Portugal and Spain, after the Armada anyway, were more reliable allies than France, wha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Historical Wine Question


  • Fonseca Porto Late Bottled Vintage Unfiltered 2008

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    Fonseca ports at this level are approachable earlier than most. This is ready now - Plenty of fruit, a little spice, effortless tannins and good acidity - a pleasure to drink. Hold or drink - 90 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Montaria Luis Vieira 2014

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    Another Naked Wines selection. Thin purple red in the glass. Opens with cherry, oak, and spice.; then a bit of pine; finishing with green tea leaf and cherry. Smooth and easy drinking. Medium long finish of loads and loads of fruit, plum, anise, and a small bit of oak, but not much mineral and earth which I prefer over the fruit forward. A bit t... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Montaria Luis Vieira 2015

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    Another recent Naked Wines selection. If I recall the other vintages of this, this vintage is not quite as good as the other vintages which I liked. This one seemed a bit too young and too one dimensional. Loads of sweetish fruit - concord grape, blueberry, and boysenberry and allspice but not much mineral or earth. Only bought one bottle of thi... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Palestra Douro 2013

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    Smooth and easy to drink; this show plum, blackberry, smoke and oak, with mild tannins and good acidity. Drink now - 88 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Ciconia Red 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Methree


  • Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2007

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    Huge and plentiful legs accompany this beautifully colored, aged LBV. Colors are beginning to show tawny hues, still with a body cranberry, black cherry syrup, and black plum juice....opaque as it should be....starting to show some muddled character. Aromas of huge raisined grape, beginnings of licorice root, rounded and delicate alcohol, blac... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • RBA - That winery isn't bad at all.  They one of several from Portugal I buy regularly.MJET - The Lot 64 has been in cellar for years.  Great for BBQ's.Here's a trio of under $20 wines that I've been enjoying lately:Gotta pay attention to vintages with this one, but for around $10 this is a good Carmenere normally, but this was a complete surpri... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Value Wines - under $20 USD...


  • Quinta Dos Murcas Vv47 Douro 2012

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    Thick, dusty and concentrated aromas of black currant, molasses and mixed berry. This is full bodied, dense and rich with a chewy tannic structure, notes of cooked berry preserves, dark chocolate and moist forest earth. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Nice Zinfandel EM.  I haven't tried that one yet.We drove over to ... ... ... flight (Vinho Verde from Portugal, Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough New Zealand, and a Sancerre from the Loire Valley in France) with the crab and a prosecco with the oysters.  I think Sandra had a Sauvignon Blanc but I'm not sure now.   The meal was quite tasty and ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Whatever happened to Matuse

    Comment by 337202Harlen F 337202 Harlen F


  • I love the wines and the people in Portugal.. they are trully wonderful, beautiful, loving and sincere people. Have a couple great friends that I have met on a social site. Known them for two years just chatting and talking on live chats. We have a good friendship. MAUH... abracos y beijos ;)

    Comment by 1121846didi 1121846 didi


  • it has fine wines to many for me to remember

    Comment by 874532vilasol 874532 vilasol


  • espiga wine please

    Comment by 874532vilasol 874532 vilasol


  • COLLARES IS THE BEST WINE OF PORTUGAL AND OF ALL THE WORLD !

    Comment by 355028JOJOBO 355028 JOJOBO


  • i love the countrys history and they have good food great wine

    Comment by 377720machita17 377720 machita17


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